The Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand launched, in partnership with Siemens, the first electric-powered ferry capable of carrying 120 cars and 360 passengers. A world first for this great ferry user country, which should be applied in the futures to all routes whose duration doesn't exceed 30 minutes. A major environmental issue.
The Cook Islands inaugurated the installation of nearly 1,700 solar panels that can power already 230 homes on the islands of Manihiki and Penrhyn. Financed up US $ 15 million by the NZ, this project allows the islanders to save 230,000 liters of diesel per year.
Over 2,000 hungry sea lions stranded since the beginning of the year on the California coastline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this sad record is due to malnutrition linked to the sardines' migration off the coast.
U.S. scientists have called for international cooperation to preserve the ecosystems of the deep seabed, whose mineral wealth and fisheries are coveted by manufacturers.
Taiwan Forestry Office announced the creation of a sanctuary to protect the white dolphin of China, an endangered humpback dolphin species. Set up by the end of June, the sanctuary will cover 76,300 hectares along the west coast of the island.
Second tourist destination in the world for manta, Indonesia has created the largest sanctuary in the world to protect this fascinating sea creature is as popular amongst divers for their grace than amongst Chinese for their gills.
Located in Corsica, MYRTE experimental platform has set up the Greenergy Box, a new storage system and energy management developed by Areva. Operating on a coupling of solar panels with a system of hydrogen storage and fuel cell, this installation aims to solve the problems of intermittent solar energy.
With his steel trunk of 8 meters high and its branches from 80 to 100 plastic sheets that serve as mini wind turbines, "l'Arbre à Vent" revolutionizes the traditional image of wind turbines. Aesthetic and silent, this technological innovation offers a new reliable source of energy on a human scale which should promote energy independence of consumers.
Researchers at University of California Berkeley have developed a carpet that will convert waves into usable energy. The team is looking for funding to develop the first pilot plant into the ocean and convince its benefits.